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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A person runs through a clowd of tear gas that police launched at demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Riot gear, tear gas and heavy weapons are now commonly found in police forces around the country. The ACLU’s Vanita Gupta describes an investigation into what the ACLU calls ‘excessive police militarization,’ and Sebastian Walker, host of Al-Jazeera America’s “Fault Lines” documentary series, reports on the policing tactics he saw in Ferguson, Missouri last week. Plus: sexual assault policies are changing at colleges in our areas; and what Google searches say about inequality and cultural differences in our country. 

The NYPD's Long Hot Summer

As shootings spiked last weekend and cops face allegations of brutality on Staten Island, stop-and-frisk rates have declined, and the police are figuring out where to go from here.

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The Military-Local-Police-Industrial-Complex

The events in Ferguson, MO have highlighted the fact that many local police forces have heavy equipment. We look at how local police became so militarized.

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Campus Sexual Assault Policies Are Changing

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines to colleges for handling sexual assault allegations, but advocates argue the resulting changes don't go far enough. 

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The Death of James Foley

Developments and reaction to the video released by ISIS that purports to show the beheading of U.S. photojournalist James Foley.   

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What Google Teaches us About Inequality

Data shows that rich people search like crazy for digital cameras, Machu Picchu, and the foam roller exercise tool. For the less affluent, search histories tell a different story. 

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